February 26, 2010
Ignorant people often blame their mistakes on a fitness program rather than their own misuse of that program. Maj. Dan Blackmon, U.S. Army, believes athletes need to get educated to take responsibility for their health, safety and fitness.
One of the most common misconceptions among military/LEO folks is that CrossFit is dangerous.
I’m a major in the United States Army and a trainer at Black and Gold CrossFit at the U.S. Military Academy at West Point, and I’m saying CrossFit isn’t dangerous. What’s dangerous is an unsupervised version of “CrossFit” performed by athletes who don’t understand the movements, the programming and the methodology behind Coach Glassman’s program.
Guess what, everyone? Rock climbing is dangerous! So is driving, playing soccer, playing basketball and rappelling. You know what all those things have in common? Soldiers do them every day. They have another thing in common: there are rules, standard operating procedures, coaches, classes, etc. in place to teach soldiers how to do these activities. Yet when it comes to fitness, we leave it to the discretion of individuals who may or may not have the first clue about training.
The training we are doing right now in mass quantities is wrong, ineffective, improperly resourced and not conducted by the right people. Sometimes, misguided attempts at functional training actually represent a step away from where we need to go. We need to take the time to properly train our athletes and coaches. CrossFit can provide that training, and it is important that we continue to leverage that.